Who Am I? March 18 2016

Last week at our church we sang the popular worship song “Your Beloved” by Brent Helming, which asks the probing question:

“Lord, who am I,
compared to your glory?  
Lord, who am I,
compared to your majesty?”

This is an appropriate question for us to ask as we enter into the time when we remember the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.  David had some notable “who am I’s” in his life:

In 2 Sam. 7:18 it is recorded that David sat before the Lord and said “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far?” Verse 22: “For this reason You are great, O Lord God; for there is none like You, and there is no God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.”

This statement of humble praise was in response to Nathan the prophet’s message that David’s son would be the one to have the privilege of building the temple.  This was the same Nathan that had earlier rebuked David with his sin and wickedness involving Bathsheba and the attempted cover-up and murder of Uriah that followed.  Psalm 51 was David’s response to the recognition of his sinfulness, brought to his attention through Nathan:

“O Lord, open my lips,
That my mouth may declare Your praise.
For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it.
You are not pleased with burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart O God, You will not despise.”  (Psalm 51:15-17)

David’s praise came from an understanding of God’s forgiveness.  Toward the end of his life, David again responded with “But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this?  For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You” (I Chronicles 29:14). This was in response to seeing the generosity of the people giving toward the future building of the temple.  

The reminder from the “who am I’s” in the song and from David’s responses is that praise flows out of gratitude.  At Easter, our focus is on gratitude for the greatest gift of all time – a gift that has infinite value but that is freely available to anyone from any walk of life, from any heritage, even from the darkest past.

No wonder Jesus said of the “woman in the city who was a sinner,” the one who took her hair to wipe His feet with her tears, who kissed His feet and anointed them with perfume: “her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much….” (Luke 7:47). Jesus went on to say that “he who is forgiven little, loves little.”  In other words, we show gratitude for our salvation to the extent that we acknowledge the magnitude of it.

May we never forget this Easter the depth of the forgiveness of God, through the amazing sacrifice of His Son!  And may we see even through the difficulties of life the privilege of being in His family.  Who are we, that we should deserve such an indescribable gift?

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